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Detective Darrell Vendl Phelps | Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Kentucky State Police, Kentucky


Darrell Vendl Phelps

Kentucky State Police, Kentucky

End of Watch: Friday, August 7, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 652

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Served 31 years of a 50 year sentence

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Detective Darrell Phelps was shot and killed while he and another officer moved through a marijuana field. Detective Phelps was investigating illegal cultivation of marijuana in Edmonson County

The suspect was convicted of Detective Phelps' murder and sentenced to 50 years in prison on September 4, 1981, and was released on February 13, 2013 after serving the minimum expiration sentence.

Detective Phelps had been with the agency for 12 years and was survived by his wife, daughter and son. He is buried at Union Cemetery in Quality, Kentucky. In honor of his service and sacrifice, an eight-mile stretch of Kentucky highway 1153 in Butler County has been designated the Detective Darrell V. Phelphs Memorial Highway.

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Rest in Peace KSP Detective Darrell Vendl Phelps. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of The Great State of Kentucky.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the scum who murdered you is soon burning in hell. I pray that the hounds of hell are ripping his soul apart. May he never know peace!


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
August 7, 2016


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